NICOLE 20th ANNIVERSARY NETWORK MEETING
Looking back, at the Future
Stepping into the new era of land and resource stewardship!
2- 4 November 2016, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This year the NICOLE network celebrates its twenty-year anniversary. It was founded in 1996 as
an EU funded concerted action and nowadays it is a self-sustaining, vibrant network that supports
safe and cost effective solutions for the management of industrially contaminated land.
Back in 2006, at the tenth anniversary of NICOLE, the question was raised as to how far off
Europe was from the ultimate goal of making the management of contaminated land on industrial
sites an obsolete business. At the time, the consensus was that the projected route to achieving
this goal would be by implementing technology and management practices that deal with existing
pollution cost-effectively and prevent new contamination. Another important conclusion from the
2006 Workshop was that NICOLE has been, and continues to be, a successful network; the vast
majority of its membership considered at the time that whilst NICOLE had achieved much
success, there was still a lot more to do.
Moving forwards to the present day, we have dealt with a large number of problems over the
years and arguably, some would say we have started to close the gap on achieving the
longstanding objective of making contaminated land management an obsolete business at some
stage in future. However, as we continue to pursue this ultimate objective, there is an increasing
need to move the sector towards a more-knowledge based and sustainable practice.
With the above in mind, whilst so much has been achieved in the 20 years since NICOLE was
formed, the Amsterdam 20 year Workshop will aim to explore what is still needed for future
contaminated land management in terms of land stewardship, best practice and knowledge
development and transfer. Land stewardship will focus on management and protection of the
values of land by sustainable practices. How we use and manage land should not affect nature
nor the ability to sustain biodiversity and provide ecosystem services. Therefore, land
management needs to focus on sustainable use of natural capital and resources. Our
commitment to land stewardship in industrial areas’ includes managing and monitoring
contaminated land and any other environmental matters to ensure the land can be effectively and
efficiently used and / or returned to another use for long-term sustainable development of towns
and cities. This also entails a continued effort to prevent new contamination. Sustainable
practices are becoming more and more a daily practice but research and dissemination is still
needed and it is in this regard that NICOLE can play a big role, both now and in the future.
In the Workshop, important stakeholders from the industry, the EU commission, Dutch Ministry of
Environment and former chairs of NICOLE will give their view on what has been achieved and
what are the challenges for the future in terms of land stewardship, best practice and knowledge
development and transfer.
For the Friday morning we have scheduled two sessions on land and resource stewardship, both
presentations and poster presentations including a short overview. This part of the workshop will
explore existing and innovative possibilities to integrate land and resource stewardship into a
sustainable contaminated land management approach. The focus is on land and resource
what is still needed in terms of knowledge development and transfer
projects which focus on fostering an ethic of stewardship for industrial sites, promoting
sustainable practices and developing a safe and healthy industrial environment, and
projects that have created a transformational change in our way of thinking of the
Abstracts should be sent by September 2nd, 2016 to the NICOLE Secretariat
CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE:
Laurent Bakker – TAUW (NL) Chair
Lucia Buvé – Umicore (BE)
Arthur de Groof – SWECO (NL)
Rick Parkman – AECOM (UK)
Phil Crowcroft – ERM (UK)
Paul van Riet – Dow Benelux (NL)
Thomas Held – Arcadis (DE)
Tomás Albergaria – Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (Pt)
Call for abstracts. Abstracts should be sent by September 2nd, 2016 to the NICOLE Secretariat.
More information can be obtained at the NICOLE Network Secretariat, Nan Su